Free SHS increasing unemployment challenge and strains national budget — Otumfuo

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has said the Free Senior High School policy introduced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has worsened the unemployment crisis in the country.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Ashanti, Ghana. [ghanacelebrities]

According to him, the policy is putting strains on the national budget.

Speaking at the University of Memphis, USA, he said the flagship programme has increased secondary school level enrollment.

He said: "Now, the current government has introduced the free education up to senior high school which now ensures that all Ghanaian children, from whatever background, are guaranteed free education."

"Considering the value of education to the nation, this must be one of the boldest policies of the nation but it also brings its challenges. It puts a huge strain on the national budget and raises further challenges about the creation of jobs for the increasing number of graduates. I am sure the brains assembled here in this audience and beyond will be reassured that Ghana is on the right path," Otumfuo added.

Free SHS challenges

The Free SHS policy introduced though it has generally increased enrolment, there are severe challenges that must be addressed to make the policy achieve the targets set by the government.

Among the challenges confronting the free SHS programme are; lack of accommodation facilities resulting in students sleeping on the floor, congestion in classrooms, core textbooks and school uniforms had been adequately provided in all schools, inconvenience relating to erratic schedules for the double-track system, and poor quality of food served to students.

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